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October 19, 2017 11:31 AM Kenya, Tanzania to power economic growth in East Africa

Kenya and Tanzania will power economic growth in the East African region, which is expected to record the highest economic growth rate in Africa. The African Development Bank quarterly economic report says the East Africa region will grow fastest in Africa at 5.4% this year then accelerate to 5.8% in 2018. Growth in the East Africa region will be driven

October 19, 2017 10:42 AM Uganda confirms one case of Ebola-like Marburg virus

KAMPALA: Uganda has confirmed one case of Marburg virus, a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, the health minister said on Thursday. Jane Ruth Aceng told reporters at a news conference in capital Kampala that the case, which led to a fatality, had been confirmed after a series of tests were carried out. The East African nation last suffered

October 19, 2017 8:30 AM Air ticket sales dip Sh1.5bn on travel restrictions, polls

Air ticket sales dropped by Sh1.5 billion over the past two months following travel restrictions in government and the prolonged election period that has seen cautious travellers reduce cross-border movement. The Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA) air ticket bookings dropped 10 per cent to 1.5 million in September, a month marked by the Supreme

October 19, 2017 8:09 AM New Mandela memoir launched in South Africa

The new installment of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, has been released in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dare Not Linger tackles his five years as South Africa’s president after the collapse of apartheid and gives his view of the country’s first multi-racial elections in 1994. Mandela’s unfinished handwritten draft of the book was completed

October 18, 2017 9:05 PM Retired PCEA moderator, three others charged with Sh39 million theft

David Gathanju, who served as the moderator of Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) General Assembly between 2009 and 2015, was charged alongside Esther Wanjiru, Peter Mwangi, Stephen Muhoro and James Muiruri, who are all former employees of the church. According to the charge sheet, on diverse dates between January 2, 2016, and June 30, 2017, at PCEA headquarters

October 18, 2017 8:47 PM ONYANGO-OBBO: A deeply tense Kenya should remember Wangari Maathai

A few days ago, a conversation with a Kenyan activist took me to a very strange place. With Kenya in the throes of a seemingly endless election cycle, one question was what would be the legacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta (or of his first term if he won a second one). To explain the strange ways in which a legacy works, we ended up talking about Prof Wangari

October 18, 2017 8:32 PM Jihadists claiming to be 'Islamic State in Central Africa' call for militants to join them in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as Middle East 'caliphate' crumbles

Jihadists claiming to be 'Islamic State in Central Africa' have called for militants to join them in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the extremist group's self-styled 'capital', Raqqa, was reclaimed by US-backed Syrian forces. A video circulating on pro-ISIS sites purports to be a message from dedicated jihadis, although ISIS has not expanded

October 18, 2017 2:20 PM Orange invests $33 million in Sierra Leone expansion

FREETOWN, (CAJ News) – ORANGE has invested US$33 million in modernisation and expansion projects to enhance the reliability, coverage and network quality following its acquisition of Orange Sierra Leone. The majority of investments have already been realised with 30 new radio sites on air and over half of the entire mobile network upgraded. Bruno Mettling

October 18, 2017 1:48 PM Governor Francis Kimemia regrets Nyandarua losing Nyahururu town to Laikipia County

Nyandarua, Kenya: Nyandarua County governor Francis Kimemia has said all arms of his government are still grappling with the loss Nyahururu town to the neighboring Laikipia County. “At a time when other counties enjoyed huge infrastructure at their disposal, inherited mainly from defunct local authorities, Nyandarua had none of these as our facilities

October 18, 2017 1:46 PM USAID-funded farmers program creates 4,000 jobs

Access to capital and low levels of skills remains key challenges for a majority of those in the agricultural value chain in Kenya. Feed the Future Initiative, a USAID-funded program, says offering targeted financial support and tailored technical assistance could help small scale farmers as well as those in the value chain realize their full potential 2